Posts Tagged ‘jarrett



26
Aug
11

friends

Left to right – Martin Nesbitt, Valerie Jarrett, Dr. Eric Whitaker

The State: They golf with him, they vacation with him, their kids and his kids hang out. To them, he is Barack, not Mr. President. He can be teased and tease back.

They form the trusted circle of tightlipped friends who have sustained Barack Obama through good times and bad since his days in Chicago, from Hawaii to Washington to Martha’s Vineyard and back again.

For the most powerful man on the planet who nonetheless may have one of the loneliest jobs, a close band of buddies – Eric Whitaker, Martin Nesbitt and Valerie Jarrett form the core – has become a second family, to a degree replacing the one he lost or never had with the absence of his father and death of his mother in 1995.

Apart from wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, they are the people he is closest with. And to the president, in his private life a creature of habit, there’s a comfort in turning to trusted friends with whom confidence runs deep and there is no question about where loyalties lie.

“I think that for a president of the United States who’s always on, it’s a relief to be around people who’ve known you for a very long time so that you can just be comfortable, No. 1 being yourself, and No. 2 knowing that you can trust them completely,” Jarrett said in an interview.

“There’s a level of trust that has withstood the test of time. He doesn’t have to worry about his friends leaking the details of his vacation to the press,” she said.

“He enjoys being around people who are completely comfortable teasing him and treating him like a friend and not the president of the United States.”

Full article here

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CBS: Obama’s Circle Of Friends (January 21, 2009) – ‘From Barry to President Obama; Erin Moriarity speaks with Marty Nesbitt, one of President Obama’s closest friends, about this historic moment and the importance of friendship.’ (You can see the original video here)

20
Aug
11

spike…

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A motorcade carrying President Obama leaves Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Massachusetts. The President attended a social event at the home of Harvard professor Charles Ogletree in Oak Bluffs.

Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett rides in the SUV with President Obama as they depart the Blue Heron Farm

15
Jul
11

more pete souza genius…..

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts as President Obama soothes a crying baby at the Congressional Picnic, June 15

President Obama greets the family of Make-a-Wish child Diego Diaz, not pictured, before their visit to the Oval Office, June 23

President Obama fist-bumps Make-a-Wish child Diego Diaz after reading a letter he wrote, June 23

President Obama talks backstage with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett before a reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, June 30

President Obama listens to Vice President Biden during a meeting with the Democratic leadership in the Oval Office, June 23

President Obama greets hospital workers while visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., June 17

President Obama talks with Puerto Rican Senator Alejandro Garcia Padilla during a lunch stop at Kasalta, a restaurant in the Ocean Park neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14

President Obama greets patrons at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate in Washington, D.C., during a family outing on Father’s Day, June 19

All the photos above are by Pete Souza – here’s some Samantha Appleton and Lawrence Jackson genius:

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at Mandela’s home in Houghton, South Africa, June 21

First Lady Michelle Obama waits to be introduced during an event at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, Calif., June 14

First Lady Michelle Obama greets children at the Zandspruit Township Daycare Center at the Emthonjeni Community Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 21

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with young people at the U.S. Consulate meet and greet at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23

First Lady Michelle Obama receives a hug while meeting with Young African Women Leaders Forum members at the Rosa Parks Library in Soweto, South Africa, June 22

More new photos here

14
Jul
11

tourist attraction

President Barack Obama walks around the South Lawn of the White House with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, while tourists in the background walk along the Ellipse, the National Mall, and the Jefferson Memorial, July 14, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

04
Mar
11

‘hey, remember me?’

President Barack Obama meets with Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office, March 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett greet Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in the Outer Oval Office before his meeting with President Barack Obama, March 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

20
Feb
11

‘the president’s right-hand woman’

Chicago Tribune: It was all in a recent day’s work for Valerie Jarrett. She reassured Jewish leaders about White House strategy on Egypt, helped the First Lady sync her spring agenda with her husband’s, ushered a former Fed chairman into the Oval Office, soothed Rev. Al Sharpton’s concerns about education policy and took a stroll with President Obama across Lafayette Park to patch things up with some irritated CEOs.

The schedule illustrates why no one else in the White House now has a range of responsibilities equal to Jarrett’s. When Obama took office she was the least seen of his four senior advisors. Now chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and chief political strategist David Axelrod have returned to Chicago, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has also departed. Jarrett, 54, remains, picking up new duties from each of them. Long the closest personal confidante of Barack and Michelle Obama, she is steadily becoming more visible at Obama’s side…..

Full article here

07
Feb
11

a stroll to the chamber of horrors

President Obama walks with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling from the White House before giving a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

07
Jan
11

west wing week: “resolutions” (january 7, 2011)

10
Oct
10

hand over fist

President Barack Obama fist-bumps Vice President Joe Biden, as Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett looks on, before a meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 16, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

11
Aug
10

b&b

President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 14, 2010. The President was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors to make new investments in the clean energy industry. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




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